Tabata signed with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League Professional Baseball on Thursday, JJ Cooper of Baseball America reports. Tabata signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays last February but failed to crack the Opening Day roster and ultimately never actually suited up for the franchise, despite still being rostered throughout the 2017 campaign. He is returning to professional baseball for the first time since the 2015 season when he slashed .289/.341/.289 in 27 games with the Pirates. Unless he reverts to his 2010 form -- he hit .299/.346/.400 across 405 at-bats with Pittsburgh -- his career in major-league baseball is likely finished.
Tabata inked a minor league deal with the Blue Jays on Friday that includes an invite to major league spring training, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports. Tabata hasn't played at the major league level since 2015 when he slashed .289/.341/.289 over 38 at-bats with the Pirates. He languished at Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Dodgers' system last season before being released before the All-Star break. With the Blue Jays' outfield largely set at this point, it's unlikely that Tabata will crack the Opening Day roster.
Tabata was released by the Dodgers on Saturday, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports. Tabata had been on the DL with Triple-A Oklahoma City which may have resulted in the Dodgers feeling it wasn't worth it to keep him with the club. It comes as somewhat of a surprise, however, seeing as how the outfielder is entering his prime years, at only 27, and he's a career .275 hitter in the majors. He'll likely be picked up by another organization in need of outfield depth, but is not guaranteed a stay in the big leagues by any stretch.
Tabata is batting just .196 with one walk and eight strikeouts in 46 at-bats for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Tabata is amazingly still just 27, but it wouldn't really be a surprise to see him released altogether at this point.
The Dodgers have traded first baseman Michael Morse and cash considerations to the Pirates. In exchange, the Dodgers will receive outfielder Jose Tabata , CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. Morse was acquired by the Dodgers from the Marlins in a three-team deal on Thursday and was subsequentley desginated for assignment. Tabata was currently playing with Triple-A Indianapolis for the Pirates. He did spend 27 games with the big club earlier this year, batting .289 in 38 at-bats. Neither team has officially announced the deal as of yet.